Author: Valerie Stewart

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A Train Tour Through Northern India, Part VII – Jaisalmer, The Desert City

After railing westward through the Northern states of India, we finally arrived at Jaisalmer, a desert city situated only about 40 miles from the Pakistan border.

By this point, we had enjoyed a lot of Indian food, some hot weather and some interesting places. However, for Jaisalmer, we were mostly interested in the Sam Sand Dunes, just about 30 minutes’ drive outside of town.

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Suspended in Time: China’s Terracotta Army

Griffin and I have had pleasure and opportunity to see some of the most beaufiul places on the planet. But, sometimes, it’s not the most beautiful things that are the most interesting. Deep in the heart of China’s mainland, sits the city of Xi’An, one of China’s Four Great Ancient Capitals. Though it’s not much to look at, it holds one of the most fascinating scenes in the world. Xi’an, with over 3,000 years of history, took its place as China’s capital city during several different ruling dynasties for a total of more than 400 years. Its significance is...

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A Train Tour Through Northern India, Part VI – Jodhpur, The Blue City

On from Jaipur, we took about a 5 hour train ride to Jodhpur, also known as The Blue City. We were pleasantly surprised that The Blue City is actually blue. Since visiting Jaipur, which was supposed to be pink, but really wasn’t, it was cool to look out over the city and see a whole lot of blue. Jodhpur boasts an amazing asset, its incredible Mehrangarh Fort, which is set up on a hill, visible throughout the city. What’s more, the tour of the fort itself, is fantastic. A thorough tour of Mehrangarh will take several hours. What’s unique...

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Train Tour of Northern India, Part IV: Jaipur, The Pink City

Now, we continue heading West into Rajasthan, India’s largest state. During our four days in Jaipur, the Pink City, we were fortunate enough to encounter a great driver to take us around to all the sites…

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Wai-O-Tapu – Geothermal Wonderland

While traveling in New Zealand, we definitely wanted to take a stop in Rotorua, New Zealand’s hotspot for geothermal activity. A short stroll around town can take you past countless hot pools and bubbling mud pits being heated directly by the Earth’s core. The absolute best way to see everything Rotorua has to offer in one place is with a morning visit to Wai-O-Tapu. While Wai-O-Tapu is great to visit at any time of day, I recommend…

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