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Leah

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Jun132014

Tour/Activity

New Orleans Food Walking Tour of the French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

It rained on the day of our tour, so we were bummed before it started, but our tour guide called us ahead of time to reassure us that we'd still have a good time, and she told us where we could find a Walgreens to buy an umbrella. Super nice!

We went to four tasting locations -- a small, off-the-beaten path restaurant that we otherwise wouldn't have found; a restaurant called Antoine's, which is one of the oldest in town and has a lot of historical rooms and Mardi Gras memorabilia; the French Market, where we had tastings from three different food shops; and a dessert shop. The tastings were plentiful, and we were pretty full by the end of the tour, so it's perfect for lunch. We had gumbo, muffuletta, pralines, sweet potato biscuits, oysters Rockefeller and gelato. We also stopped by a quirky local cookbook store and a spice and herb shop. Julie (our guide) was very knowledgeable about the city's food scene, and she had lots of fun facts to share. The food was absolutely delicious! I would definitely do this again.

My Photos

  • Gumbo
  • French Market
  • Inside the French Market
  • Kitchen Witch bookstore
  • Antoine's back dining room

Aug062013

Tour/Activity

Viator Exclusive: Acropolis of Athens, New Acropolis Museum and Greek Dinner

Athens, Greece

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We did this tour our first day in Athens and it was the perfect choice to see the Acropolis. The tour takes place in the evening, which is really nice for fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Our archaeologist guide was amazing -- she showed us the highlights of the Acropolis Museum, giving us all kinds of interesting history and facts about the relics and artifacts from the Acropolis. We felt like she really cared that we were having a good time and learning something. We got to the Acropolis at a great time -- the sun was just starting to set, creating a beautiful glow on the Parthenon and other temples. Our guide walked us around the Parthenon, pointing out architectural details and telling us about the restoration going on today. Then we walked back down the hill to the restaurant, which had a rooftop terrace with a great view of the Parthenon. The food was really good -- even better than I expected. The set menu included salad, a starter, main course and dessert. We had a table on the edge of the terrace, giving us a clear view of the Parthenon lighting up as it got dark. All in all, this was a fabulous experience. Highly recommended if you want to get as much out of the historic sights as possible, especially if you're into history or archaeology.

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Aug042013

Tour/Activity

2-Day Small-Group Troy and Gallipoli Tour from Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

The main focus of this tour is the Gallipoli peninsula and its WWI sites. Being American, I didn't have a strong connection to the area, where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp lost a lot of lives during WWI, but it was still a very interesting tour, and quite beautiful, as well. Now, the beaches, coastal cemeteries and hilltop monuments are so peaceful, it's hard to imagine the brutal fighting. We had a fabulous tour guide, Morat, who was able to answer all our questions and took us to visit a few places that the other crowds didn't. He was also so nice, he took us to a cemetery not on the usual itinerary because a woman in our group had a great uncle buried there.

The included lunch was pretty good -- 3 courses -- and right on a pretty bay. The next day was the Troy tour. It was cool to be in such an ancient place and hear about all the stories I learned in school about Greek mythology. The ruins are easy to walk around and you can get very close to them.

The hotel was also quite nice. We stayed at the Helen Hotel in Canakkale.

All in all, a great two days!

My Photos

  • Trench
  • One of the coastal monuments
  • Maydos restaurant
  • ANZAC Cove

Jun052013

Attraction

Columbia River Gorge

Portland

My Photos

  • Multnomah Falls

Nov192012

Tour/Activity

Admission Ticket to Gardens by the Bay in Singapore with Transport

Singapore, Singapore

My Photos

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Nov122012

Tour/Activity

See Singapore Attraction Pass

Singapore, Singapore

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
This Singapore pass was great value and very easy to pick up and start using! The best attractions I used it for were a river cruise, which is a great way to enjoy the river sights without having to walk in the heat and humidity, and the Night Safari, which is really cool. Plus, with the card, you can use a different line at the Night Safari to get your ticket, skipping the long lines of other tourists (it was crowded when I was there). I would definitely recommend this if you plan on visiting several attractions!

My Photos

  • Night Safari
  • Night Safari
  • Marina Bay
  • Night Safari
  • Singapore River Cruise
  • Night Safari
  • Singapore River Cruise
  • Night Safari: tiger

Aug042012

Tour/Activity

Hoover Dam Top to Bottom by Luxury SUV with Colorado River Float

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

My family and I (two adults and two grandparents) really enjoyed this tour. It was so great to have the smaller group aspect. There were a lot of people at the dam in bigger coach tours, but I think ours was much more relaxing. The ride in the SUV was very comfortable, the dam is fantastic and the raft ride on the river was short but fun!

Jul032012

Tour/Activity

Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry from Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
We loved the seaplane ride from Vancouver to Victoria. There are more seats inside the plane than I thought there would be, but once we were settled in, it didn’t feel that cramped. Take-off was very smooth, and the plane is by far the best way to enjoy the gorgeous area between Vancouver and Victoria. Flying over all of the Gulf Islands is amazing – it’s so worth traveling by seaplane! The windows are pretty big and allow for great picture-taking. Landing is not quite as smooth, but splashing down into the water is pretty exciting. Victoria is a great place to spend a day: very charming, easily walkable, cute historic downtown district with some good restaurants.

Apr132012

Tour/Activity

Customizable Wine Country Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco, California

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
It was a wonderful day in Wine Country. The Michael Mondavi estate is beautiful – great place to enjoy a tasting or have a full glass on the fantastic porch overlooking the vineyard! Yountville is a really cute town – great place for lunch. Our guide was super nice and helpful, and traveling over the Golden Gate Bridge is a gorgeous way to start and end the tour! The small-group aspect is definitely the way to go.

Feb162012

Tour/Activity

Las Vegas Double-Decker Bus of the Stars

Las Vegas, Nevada

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review
The Double-Decker Bus of the Stars is a blast! Sitting on the top deck, our views of the Vegas Strip were awesome. We drove past the Bellagio Fountains, the Paris hotel, New York-New York and everything in between. The Elvis impersonator was fantastic and hilarious – everyone sings along and has a great time. Highly recommend doing the nighttime tour as a precursor to your night out on the town!

My Photos

  • Hip-swiveling Elvis
  • Elvis Sings!
  • The Four Queens

Feb162012

Attraction

Stratosphere Tower

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • From the top

Jul072011

Travel Recommendation

3 Days in Nassau: Suggested Itineraries

Nassau

My Photos

  • Coral Harbor
  • Marina Village
  • Atlantis aquarium
  • Atlantis Casino
  • Atlantis
  • Parliament Square
  • Downtown Nassau
  • Bay Street

Jul072011

Attraction

Atlantis Casino & Hotel

Nassau

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

This place is both absurd and kind of amazing at the same time. The over-the-top, kitschy, crowded, Disneyland-esque atmosphere is not my kind of travel, but it is worth going over for an evening to browse the expansive landscaping, the aquarium and the casino. The Casino has several Dale Chihuly glass sculptures that are beautiful. The aquarium is fun -- manta rays, sting rays, tropical fish, turtles, etc. I think you usually have to pay anywhere from $39 to $69 to tour the aquarium during the day. I went in the evening, and there was no one around to check wristbands or anything, so we went right in. It's underground.

The Marina Village shopping area is crowded and full of kids running around, but it's not a bad place to grab a drink or some Ben and Jerry's and listen to the guy playing the steel drums. It's also the place to gawk at the enormous yachts in the Atlantis marina.

Jul072011

Attraction

Pirates of Nassau

Nassau

My Rating
4 star rating: Recommended

My Review

The Pirates of Nassau Museum is fun. It's a short activity that you can do one morning before it gets too hot and you go to the beach. It's very interesting -- the history of Pirates in the Bahamas is well-depicted and there are lots of little trivia questions to answer along the way. At $12, it was worth it.

My Photos

  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum
  • Pirate Museum

Jul072011

Attraction

Straw Market

Nassau

My Rating
2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better

My Review

This place is a zoo. If you want to trip over people, deal with crowds and sweat a LOT, then spend time here. You can find some nice straw bags and hats, but there's a lot of tacky designer knockoff bags, as well. You can find straw bags and hats elsewhere, like at the foot of the Queen's Staircase or at the fisherman's wharf.

My Photos

  • Market
  • Market

Jul072011

Attraction

Queen's Staircase

Nassau

My Photos

  • Queen's Staircase

Jul072011

Attraction

Fort Fincastle

Nassau

My Photos

  • View from Fort
  • Fort Fincastle

Jul072011

Attraction

Nassau Cruise Port

Nassau

My Photos

  • Harbor
  • Cruise ships

Jun302011

Tour/Activity

Nassau Snorkel Bahamas Adventure

Nassau, Bahamas

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This snorkel tour is really worth doing. I've snorkeled in many places in North America, the Caribbean, Central America and Australia, and this was one of my very favorite snorkeling experiences. The water is impossibly clear and the tropical fish are fabulous. Colorful, cute, varied in size and patterns...they're truly beautiful. The tour operator is efficient -- the check-in process and all that is organized and easy. The facility is nice, as well. A good shop and places to relax and have a snack or an ice cream before or after. I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

My Photos

  • Shark!
  • Shark feeding
  • Snorkeling
  • Leaving the harbor!
  • The tour operator's facility
  • The tour operator's facility

May162011

Attraction

Federation Square

Melbourne

My Photos

  • Federation Square
  • Federation Square

May162011

Attraction

Royal Botanic Gardens

Melbourne

My Photos

  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Royal Botanic Gardens

May162011

Attraction

Yarra River

Melbourne

My Photos

  • Yarra River waterfront
  • Yarra River
  • Yarra River waterfront
  • Yarra River

May162011

Attraction

El Malecon

Puerto Vallarta

My Photos

  • Sand sculptures, El Malecon

May162011

Attraction

Sonoma

Napa & Sonoma

My Photos

  • Sonoma Square
  • Sonoma Square
  • Sonoma Square

May162011

Attraction

Pier 39

San Francisco

My Photos

  • Sea lions
  • Sea lions
  • Pier 39 sea lions
  • San Francisco from Pier 39
  • Pier 39

May162011

Travel Recommendation

Top Day Trips from San Francisco

San Francisco

My Photos

  • Lake Tahoe
  • Day trip to Wine Country
  • Day trip to Wine Country
  • Wine Country
  • Stinson Beach

May162011

Travel Recommendation

Winter in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

My Photos

  • Skiing Heavenly

May162011

Attraction

The Gondola at Heavenly

Lake Tahoe

My Photos

  • Gondola at Heavenly
  • Gondola at Heavenly
  • Gondola at Heavenly

May162011

Attraction

Jericoacoara

Fortaleza

My Photos

  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara
  • Jericoacoara

May162011

Attraction

Navy Pier

Chicago

My Photos

  • Navy Pier and beach
  • Navy Pier
  • Looking down on Navy Pier

May162011

Travel Recommendation

Colorado Rafting

Colorado

My Photos

  • Arkansas River rafting

May162011

Attraction

Arenal Volcano National Park

San Jose

My Photos

  • Hiking up Arenal Volcano
  • Volcano Arenal
  • Volcano Arenal
  • Lake Arenal
  • Volcano Arenal

May162011

Attraction

Coronado

San Diego

My Photos

  • Glorietta Bay Inn
  • Glorietta Bay Inn
  • Hotel del Coronado
  • Entering the hotel
  • Hotel del Coronado

May162011

Attraction

San Diego Zoo

San Diego

My Photos

  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Entrance to San Diego Zoo

May162011

Attraction

San Diego Old Town

San Diego

My Photos

  • Old Town restaurant
  • Old Town San Diego

May162011

Attraction

La Jolla

San Diego

My Photos

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  • Seals lounging
  • Seals in La Jolla
  • La Jolla
  • La Jolla
  • La Jolla
  • La Jolla
  • La Jolla
  • Beach in La Jolla

May162011

Attraction

Cabrillo National Monument

San Diego

My Photos

  • Old Point Loma lighthouse
  • Entering Cabrillo National Monument

May162011

Attraction

Wynn Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Wynn hotel

May162011

Attraction

Venetian Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Venetian

May162011

Travel Recommendation

Acapulco Beaches

Acapulco

My Photos

  • Acapulco bay sunset
  • Acapulco Bay
  • Acapulco Bay
  • Acapulco Bay - parasailing
  • Acapulco beach - bungee jumping
  • Acapulco Bay rocks
  • Acapulco Bay
  • Acapulco Bay
  • Acapulco Bay
  • Acapulco Bay

May162011

Attraction

La Quebrada Cliff Divers

Acapulco

My Photos

  • La Perla - cliff divers

May162011

Travel Recommendation

3 Days in Colorado: Suggested Itineraries

Colorado

My Photos

  • Interstate 70 - Rocky Mountains
  • Interstate 70 - Rocky Mountains
  • Breckenridge

May162011

Attraction

Coit Tower

San Francisco

My Photos

  • Coit Tower

May162011

Attraction

Haight-Ashbury

San Francisco

My Photos

  • Haight Street

May162011

Attraction

Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market

San Francisco

My Photos

  • View from Ferry Building
  • Ferry Building, San Francisco

May162011

Attraction

Golden Gate Park

San Francisco

My Photos

  • Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill
  • View from de Young
  • de Young Museum - Golden Gate Park

May162011

Attraction

Zion National Park

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Zion National Park

May162011

Attraction

Monument Valley

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Monument Valley
  • Monument Valley
  • Monument Valley
  • Monument Valley

May162011

Attraction

Bryce Canyon National Park

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • crazy formations in Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park

May162011

Attraction

Bellagio Fountains

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Bellagio Lake
  • Bellagio Fountains
  • Bellagio Fountains
  • Bellagio Fountains

May162011

Attraction

Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Paris Hotel Eiffel Tower

May162011

Attraction

Eiffel Tower Experience

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas

May162011

Attraction

Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Treasure Island pirate ship

May162011

Attraction

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Bellagio and Caesar's
  • Paris Hotel on the Strip
  • Sirens of TI boat

May162011

Attraction

Hoover Dam

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Hoover Dam
  • Hoover Dam
  • Hoover Dam

May162011

Attraction

Grand Canyon South Rim

Las Vegas

My Photos

  • Great view of Grand Canyon South Rim
  • A scary walk
  • Grand Canyon view
  • Grand Canyon hiking
  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Grand Canyon South Rim
  • Grand Canyon South Rim

May162011

Attraction

Mather Point

Grand Canyon National Park

My Photos

  • View from Mather Point
  • View from Mather Point

May162011

Attraction

Lake Powell

Sedona & Flagstaff

My Photos

  • Lake Powell

May162011

Attraction

Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado

My Photos

  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park

May162011

Attraction

Mallory Square

Key West

My Photos

  • Inside Mallory Square
  • Sunset
  • Inside Mallory Square
  • Mallory Square entrance

May162011

Attraction

Willis (Sears) Tower

Chicago

My Photos

  • Sears Tower from Hancock Tower
  • Chicago from Shedd Aquarium
  • Sears Tower from Hancock Tower

May162011

Attraction

Duval Street

Key West

My Photos

  • Captain Tony's
  • Sloppy Joe's on Duval Street
  • Duval Street

May162011

Travel Recommendation

Key West Suggested Itineraries

Key West

My Photos

  • Little White House, Key West

May162011

Attraction

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Key West

My Photos

  • Hemingway House
  • Hemingway cat
  • Hemingway House
  • Hemingway House

May162011

Attraction

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Chicago

My Photos

  • View from Shedd Aquarium
  • Penguins at Shedd Aquarium

May162011

Attraction

Hancock Observatory and Tower

Chicago

My Photos

  • View from Hancock Tower
  • View from Hancock Tower
  • View from Hancock Tower
  • View from Hancock Tower

May162011

Attraction

Millennium Park

Chicago

My Photos

  • Michigan Ave along Millennium Park
  • Cloud Gate
  • Cloud Gate sculpture
  • Pritzker Pavilion

May162011

Travel Recommendation

San Juan Islands from Seattle

Seattle

My Recommendation Tip

The San Juan Islands archipelago is a group of islands north of Seattle. To get there, drive to Anacortes, about 75 miles north of Seattle (1.5-hour drive). Then take the ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Islands. There are more islands, including Orcas Island, that are popular. San Juan Island is the busiest, I think, and has the cute little town of Friday Harbor. In Friday Harbor, walk around, eat a delicious seafood lunch and take a whale-watching cruise. Seeing killer whales (orcas) out in the water is amazing.

It's a great day trip, or you stay on the islands for a little getaway.

My Photos

  • Friday Harbor
  • Friday Harbor
  • Friday Harbor
  • Friday Harbor
  • Friday Harbor

May162011

Attraction

Mount Rainier National Park

Seattle

My Photos

  • Mt Rainer from Seattle

May162011

Attraction

Puget Sound

Seattle

My Photos

  • Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound behind Pike Place Market

May162011

Attraction

Space Needle

Seattle

My Photos

  • The Space Needle and downtown Seattle

May162011

Attraction

Pike Place Market

Seattle

My Photos

  • Public Market Sign

May162011

Attraction

St. Louis Cathedral

New Orleans

My Photos

  • St. Louis Cathedral

May162011

Attraction

Garden District

New Orleans

My Photos

  • Magazine Street

May162011

Attraction

Bourbon Street

New Orleans

My Photos

  • Band on Bourbon
  • New Orleans - Bourbon St.

May162011

Attraction

French Quarter

New Orleans

My Photos

  • New Orleans - French Quarter building

Apr112011

Tour/Activity

Valley of the Giants and Tree Top Walk Day Tour from Perth

Perth, Australia

My Photos

  • Giant Tree
  • Giant Tree
  • Tree Top Walk
  • Walk among the treetops

Apr042011

Attraction

Swan Valley

Perth

My Photos

  • Super Golf course in Swan Valley
  • Swan River in Swan Valley
  • Swan Valley
  • Swan Valley

Apr042011

Attraction

Margaret River

Perth

My Photos

  • Canal Rocks
  • Margaret River
  • Margaret River
  • Duckstein Brewery, Margaret River, Perth
  • Roos

Apr042011

Apr042011

Attraction

Perth Zoo

Perth

My Photos

  • Perth Zoo
  • Perth Zoo
  • Perth Zoo
  • Perth Zoo

Apr042011

Attraction

Rottnest Island

Perth

My Photos

  • Rottnest
  • Rottnest
  • Rottnest
  • Rottnest fish
  • Rottnest Island
  • Rottnest

Apr042011

Attraction

Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Perth

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Kings Park is a gorgeous part of Perth. It sits right on the Swan River and looks over downtown. It's great for picnics, reading a book, hanging out, whatever... And there's a nice tree-top walk kind of thing with cool bridges.

My Photos

  • King's Park
  • King's Park
  • Swan River
  • Downtown Perth

Mar302011

Attraction

Cottesloe Beach

Perth

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Cottesloe is one of Perth's most popular beaches - it always seems to be crowded, but for good reason. It's really pretty, the sand is soft and the water is gorgeous. There's a lot of grass, which is great for having picnics if you don't want to get sandy.

My Photos

  • Cott
  • Cottesloe

Mar302011

Attraction

Monkey Mia

Perth

My Photos

  • Monkey Mia dolphins
  • Monkey Mia dolphin

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