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North Beach neighborhood guide: A local’s favorite things to do

North Beach in a sentence: strange history, charm and some of the best Italian food in San Francisco. The following article is a guest post by Kara Harms of Whimsy Soul. Disclosure: This North Beach neighborhood guide contains affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small…

Unique gifts for travelers: a short-but-sweet gift guide

I know I’m not the only one who misses travel. Lots of us do. And we’re still planning, at least hypothetically, our future travel. If you are looking for unique gifts for travelers in your life, look no further. This short-but-sweet list contains items I have or would like to have. Most of them are…

Iceland waterfalls that are easy to reach from the ring road

In the summer, when we did our three-week road trip around Iceland, we saw waterfalls every single day. Some were small rivulets snaking down a hill; others were long, narrow streams plummeting off a rock cliff. These are not what this article is about. Certain waterfalls in Iceland are so beautiful they have become destinations…

Best hot springs in Iceland and how to choose

I just love soaking in a hot tub. To me, the feeling of relaxation that a hot tub creates epitomizes the vacation feeling. At least, it does if the hot tub in question is somewhere other than my own bathroom: somewhere with palm trees, perhaps, or with a pretty view of any sort. When I…

Icelandic turf houses: Laufas, Glaumbaer and others

Iceland is a place to see natural wonders: mountains, glaciers, craters, and coastlines. With my love of historical sites, though, there were a few human-built things that I also wanted to see. In particular, I was curious about what Icelandic turf houses look like inside. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. That means that if…

Husavik whale watching with North Sailing

It was terrible weather the whole day my husband and I were in Húsavik, but this was the part of our Iceland trip I’d been looking forward to the most: whale-watching. Husavik is a small town on the north coast of Iceland that depends on fishing and, more recently, tourism, particularly whale-watching. It has a…

Reykjadalur hot spring thermal river, Iceland

When I read about Reykjadalur hot spring thermal river, I put it in my “must-see” list for our trip to Iceland in July. The idea that a river could flow with hot water was too oddly enticing to pass up. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. If you click on one and spend money, I…

Skogar, Iceland, and what to see there

When my husband, Albert, and I stopped at Skogar, Iceland, we only intended to see one thing: Skogafoss waterfall. Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links. If you book accommodations through one of them, I will receive a small commission. This will not affect your price. Skogafoss waterfall This is one of the most popular waterfalls…

Things to do in Heimaey island, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Puffins. That’s why we decided to visit Heimaey island in the Westman Islands, Iceland. Heimaey is home to one of the largest puffin colonies in the world. We had to see that. It turned out, though, that there were other things to see and do in Heimaey as well. Heimaey Island is part of Vestmannaeyjar,…

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