Trujillo, Peru Travel Guide

The northern coastline of Peru is blessed with perfect sets of rolling waves and a year-round mild climate. It is also home to the city of Trujillo, the picturesque colonial city. Yet, there is another more fascinating reason you should visit. Almost 2,000 years ago, with their bare hands, the first settlers of the Moche Valley achieved the seemingly impossible. They created fine jewelry from crude metals, fishermen’s raft that could surf the waves, and Farmland in the desert.

From this desert plain’s treasure trove, it is clear that the Peruvians developed impressive artistic, architectural, and agricultural insights long before the arrival of the Europeans. Once the Spanish arrived, they swiftly created one of the largest and finest cities in Peru – Trujillo. Exploring this compact city center is more like browsing through an open-air museum of Spanish colonial architecture. Everywhere you go, you will pass colorful mansions adorned with enclosed wooden balconies and tall window grilles.

For over 400 years, the Cathedral’s exterior on the Plaza de Armas northern end has largely remained unchanged. Step inside to admire the central altarpiece of the cathedral and the precious religious paintings. From the Historic Center, it is only a short taxi ride to the 17th-century mansion of Trujillo’s Archaeological Museum. The exhibits here paint a picture of the pre-Columbian peoples of northern Peru.

Start your tour of this region’s famous ruins at the Temple of the Sun and the Moon. Once the world largest adobe pyramids, they are made from millions of sun-dried bricks. Although the Moche people’s language has been lost, we can interpret their beliefs and habits through their brilliantly expressive artworks and elaborate murals. They were warriors that sacrificed their rivals to appease the gods.

The elites of the Moche were buried in pyramids just like the Egyptians. See one of the most mysterious mummies in the world at El Brujo where the Lady of Cao was discovered as recently as 2005. This Moche woman’s tomb also held copper jewelry and darts, suggesting she was a warrior or priestess.

It is believed that the relentless El Nino rains lead to the Moche culture demise. Around 900 A.D, by the time the Chimu people arrived, the landscape had transformed into an arid coast. The Chimu cultivated reed to make fishing rafts just like the Moche and used minerals and clay from the river valley for their decorations and building bricks.

To explore what was once America’s largest adobe city, visit their capital, Chan Chan. Follow the maze of corridors of the city to central courtyards, which were decorated with animal reliefs and fishnet patterns.

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania Travel Guide

In less time than it takes Washingtonians to escape to the Chesapeake and New Yorkers to hit the Catskills, adventurous East Coasters can drive out easily to Montgomery and Valley Forge County for a weekend of relaxation and rest. Though the area is famous for its dramatic war history, Valley Forge is more than a lesson in Americana. Colonial architecture, farm-fresh meals, landscapes, and charming towns make for a low-key retreat throughout the year.

There is no talk of this town without mentioning the winter endured here by the continental army of George Washington and no visit to this area is complete without visiting the Valley Forge National Park where it all happened. The scenery here is absolutely serene: rolling hills, fishing along the Valley Creek and Schuylkill River, as well as 20 miles of biking, running, and hiking trails, make this historic park a great place to spend the day. There is an encampment trail that is accessible by a car hitting all the major landmarks, including Washington’s Headquarters and National Memorial Arch.

Grab a sticky bun at Alice Confectionary and Bakery if you are feeling puckish. Here the sweet and short Main Street welcomes visitors with a movie theater. Or you can visit the Merrymead Farm to indulge in a hand-dipped ice-cream and meet the farm’s fleet of cows, peacock, pig, and a flock of sheep.

Check into Normandy Farm when it is time to refresh. This 113-room conference and hotel center is located on a 288-year landmark. This property which was once a local inn before undergoing renovation balances modern amenities with old-time charm (historic buildings and farmhouse-inspired architecture). Other facilities include a full-service restaurant, an 18-hole golf course, and virtually everything you need to make you comfortable during your stay.

After a well-deserved and slow morning, ease into the day with a breakfast sandwich and coffee at Be Well Bakery and Café. Follow that with a stroll along Bryn Athyn’s manicured grounds. This impressive Gothic building was funded by the Pitcairn family. The former home of the family just about 100 feet away is now the Glencairn Museum which is home to a variety of artifacts from both Western and Eastern cultures. The great hall of the museum is the only room accessible to the general public, so you will have to reserve a tour to explore the collection of medieval pieces here.

For lunch, head to Spring Mill Café at Conshohocken for a lavish spread. This ancient property was once the general store of the town and still has a great deal of the original furnishings. In 1978, it was turned into a restaurant when chef Michele Haines started serving French country fare for family and friends in what was her dining room then. Now, classics like boudin blanc, escargot, steak fries, trout almandine, peach and beet salads, cheeses, and pate fill the tables of the farmhouse next door, patio, and dining room.

Transylvania, Romania Travel Guide

Transylvania is a place of mesmerizing sites and spooky legends. It’s renowned as the mysterious land of howling wolves and bloodthirsty vampires. This fictitious image is accurate up to a certain point as the scenery is spectacularly dramatic. But the image is just an element of Transylvania, whose almost 100,000 km take in alpine peaks and meadows, dense forests and caves sheltering wild boar and bears, as well as lowland valleys. The population here is an ethnic mix of Gypsies, Germans, Magyars, and Romanians among many others formed over centuries of colonization and migration. If you are planning a trip to Transylvania, this guide will help you discover the top attractions in this region.

The Hyandai Castle

Often referred to as Corvin Castle, the Hyundai Castle is one of Europe’s most beautiful castles. Built in the 15th century by lancu of Hunedoara, this castle binds several stories and legends, including that Vlad the Impaler was once a prisoner here and turned into the popular Dracula. Once inside the castle, you will be transported into the medieval era of the 14th and 15th centuries. The Hyundai Castle was included in Europe’s Top 10 ‘fairy tale castles’.

Bran Castle

Just like the Hyundai Castel, this castle is also listed in the scariest buildings in the world and the most beautiful castles. Bran Castle is located in Brasov County.

Alba Carolina Fortress

This star-shaped fortification attracts lots of tourists annually to the city of Alba Iulia. Established within its walls is the Great Union of 1918 and it is a great place for Romanian people’s history. Built over 300 hundred years ago, the Alba Carolina Fortress is one of Transylvania’s most historical monuments.

Turda Salt Mine

About 13 million years ago, salt deposits were believed to have been formed in Transylvania. Although there are several points of exploration of these deposits in this region, the Turda Salt Mine is the best known and most beautiful in Transylvania. Owing to the curative properties of this mine’s underground air, this is a popular salt mine with most people. Also, there is an underground amusement park here and a visit to this salt mine is therapeutic for the respiratory system.

The Astra Museum

Located in Dumbrava Forest near Sibiu, the Astra Museum is Romania’s largest open-air ethnographic museum. Visitors to this museum will get to see this country’s folk-traditional heritage. The highlights in the museum include traditional Romanian houses, household tools, as well as techniques and tools for livestock product processing.

Top Destinations For Solo Traveling

Solo traveling has gained more interest in recent times, especially among young people who seek freedom and the adventure of self-discovery. Traveling solo is a great way to build up your character as you learn to be more resourceful, confident which will bring more fulfillment in your journey and you’ll be able to form more meaningful connections with the people you meet along the way. Now I know you might assume that traveling solo can be lonely, but that’s certainly not the case in the destinations listed below, giving you absolute freedom to enjoy the destinations as you please while exploring personal areas of interest.


We start of the list with Thailand, which I personally consider as one of the best destination for first time solo travelers who seek adventure. The reason why I consider Thailand ideal for solo traveling is the fact that it offers everything which one might hope to see heading off on a solo adventure. Starting from the breathtaking sceneries of the natural paradise, the delicious exotic cuisines to try from, the spectacular party scene, the affordable prices, it’s a great place to start your solo adventures. Among that, navigating through Thailand is quite easy, as more than enough locals speak English. Thailand is quite different from Europe and North America and you’ll see a remarkable difference in the culture as well, Thailand offers a life-changing adventure, one you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

Cuba, Havana

Cuba is unlike any country in the world, beautiful, tropical and frozen forever in time. When you arrive in Cuba you’ll absolutely be overwhelmed by its culture, the whole country seems like it stopped prospering in the 60’s. There are so many fun activities to do and places to see in Cuba, but the crown jewel of Cuba is old Havana, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Music is in the hearth of Cuba, people don’t just go around music in a recreational way, but rather as a way of life and if you walk down the streets in Cuba you’ll notice why. In Cuba you’ll see a whole different side of liveliness and interactions between the locals, due to the lack of internet, don’t be afraid of the locals as they are quite friendly and fun to hang around.


If you’re looking for the adventure of a lifetime, then Botswana is the place to go. A fairly unknown travel destination for the world is Botswana, a Natural paradise with all kind of wildlife species. Botswana has several national parks and reserves like the Moremi Game Reserve and The Chobe National Park, which offers one of the safest and slightly more expensive Safari’s in Africa. However I will recommend you learn a little bit of Spanish before you’ll embark on your trip, as locals could hardly speak English at all and touring can be a little difficult.

New Zealand

We end the list with New Zealand, where visitors from all over the globe, come seeking adventure and personal, a natural paradise ideal for solo travelers.  New Zealand is also considered to be the safest country in the world with locals being friendly and open for discussions. Another reason which makes New Zealand ideal for solo traveling is that it’s quite affordable when compared to similar destinations like Australia. New Zealand however stands out to for the wide variety of outdoor activities to choose from. Whether it’s climbing on an active volcano, bungee jumping in the Nevis Valley, skiing in the Whakapapa Resort or kayaking in the Cathedral Cove, New Zealand will definitely quench your thirst for adventure.