Route 66 Pontiac illinois mural_by_Laurence Norah

Well, I’ve finally got to the final state from our epic Route 66 adventure across the United States! We drove the entire route from Los Angeles in California through to Chicago in Illinois, sticking to the original route as closely as we could for the whole journey, using this incredible book to help us stay on track.

I’ve created a post for each of the states in the series, and you can see our Route 66 highlights for each of the following states by clicking on their name: California, Arizona, New Mexico,  Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma.

Today’s post is the last of the photo series, meaning you can now see the best of Route 66 in every state it covers! Let’s see what Illinois had in store for us..

Highlights of Route 66 Illinois–In Photos

Route 66 Pontiac illinois mural_by_Laurence Norah

Well, I’ve finally got to the final state from our epic Route 66 adventure across the United States! We drove the entire route from Los Angeles in California through to Chicago in Illinois, sticking to the original route as closely as we could for the whole journey, using this incredible book to help us stay on track.

I’ve created a post for each of the states in the series, and you can see our Route 66 highlights for each of the following states by clicking on their name: California, Arizona, New Mexico,  Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma.

Today’s post is the last of the photo series, meaning you can now see the best of Route 66 in every state it covers! Let’s see what Illinois had in store for us..

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Space Murals Museum%252C Las Cruces by Laurence Norah

Despite the name of this blog, I have been distressingly earth bound for all of my years thus far. Given recent developments in space exploration technology though, hope is not yet lost for the dream of going into space as a tourist – without having to shell out the millions of dollars that past tourists have paid!

Space Tourism: The Next Travel Frontier?

Space Murals Museum%252C Las Cruces by Laurence Norah

Despite the name of this blog, I have been distressingly earth bound for all of my years thus far. Given recent developments in space exploration technology though, hope is not yet lost for the dream of going into space as a tourist – without having to shell out the millions of dollars that past tourists have paid!

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Seychelles boat sunset

The Seychelles islands are known for a number of things. Right at the top of most peoples’ list would be the beaches, what with their turquoise warm waters, brilliant white sands, palm trees and, well, you’ve got the idea.

Another thing most visitors to these islands fall in love with is the food. And there’s good reason for that. From freshly caught fish, to locally grown fruit, from spicy curries to sweet fried bananas, there is something here for every taste bud and palate.

Traditional Creole Food of The Seychelles

Seychelles boat sunset

The Seychelles islands are known for a number of things. Right at the top of most peoples’ list would be the beaches, what with their turquoise warm waters, brilliant white sands, palm trees and, well, you’ve got the idea.

Another thing most visitors to these islands fall in love with is the food. And there’s good reason for that. From freshly caught fish, to locally grown fruit, from spicy curries to sweet fried bananas, there is something here for every taste bud and palate.

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St. Stephens Cathedral Vienna by Laurence Norah

Jess and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Vienna in Austria, a city that both of us were excited to visit. It’s a fantastic place for culture lovers, having played home to such icons as Mozart, Hadyn, and Strauss. It was also the seat of the vast Habsburg empire, which for a time was one of the largest empires in the world.

As you can imagine therefore, there’s quite a lot to see and do here!

This guide is designed to give you some ideas for what to do on a two day visit to Vienna. I will warn you up front – two days is definitely not going to give you enough time to see everything! Vienna is stuffed full of museums, palaces, art gallerys, churches and restaurants, and you could spend a great deal of time here sight-seeing.

Karlskirche Vienna by Laurence Norah-4

So in this post I’ve tried to focus on some of the highlights and our favourite activities. We’ll also be putting together some longer itineraries if you’re lucky enough to have a bit more time to spend in this wonderful city. For now though, let’s get started on our idea of:

The Perfect 2 Day Vienna Itinerary

A 2 Day Vienna Itinerary

St. Stephens Cathedral Vienna by Laurence Norah

Jess and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Vienna in Austria, a city that both of us were excited to visit. It’s a fantastic place for culture lovers, having played home to such icons as Mozart, Hadyn, and Strauss. It was also the seat of the vast Habsburg empire, which for a time was one of the largest empires in the world.

As you can imagine therefore, there’s quite a lot to see and do here!

This guide is designed to give you some ideas for what to do on a two day visit to Vienna. I will warn you up front – two days is definitely not going to give you enough time to see everything! Vienna is stuffed full of museums, palaces, art gallerys, churches and restaurants, and you could spend a great deal of time here sight-seeing.

Karlskirche Vienna by Laurence Norah-4

So in this post I’ve tried to focus on some of the highlights and our favourite activities. We’ll also be putting together some longer itineraries if you’re lucky enough to have a bit more time to spend in this wonderful city. For now though, let’s get started on our idea of:

The Perfect 2 Day Vienna Itinerary

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Route 66 Missouri  - Joplin mural_by_Laurence Norah-2
It's time for post seven in our photo essay series covering our Route 66 trip from California to Chicago, with Missouri being the seventh state on our adventure.

We followed as closely as we could the original route, and saw a lot along the way, from the high desert scenery of the west through to more rural scenery in the mid and eastern parts of the USA.

Highlights of Route 66 Missouri - In Photos

Route 66 Missouri  - Joplin mural_by_Laurence Norah-2
It's time for post seven in our photo essay series covering our Route 66 trip from California to Chicago, with Missouri being the seventh state on our adventure.

We followed as closely as we could the original route, and saw a lot along the way, from the high desert scenery of the west through to more rural scenery in the mid and eastern parts of the USA.

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Sun Voyager Statue%252C Reykjavik_by_Laurence Norah-11

We recently fulfilled a long time travel dream of mine, which was to visit Iceland. We did so thanks to an invite from Iceland Travel, and we chose to do one of their self-drive tour itineraries, which included car-hire, accommodation, and a suggested itinerary, but gave us the flexibility to essentially do we wanted on each day.

Given that self-guided is pretty much our favourite way to travel, obviously we jumped at the chance.

Tips for Planning a Trip to Iceland

Sun Voyager Statue%252C Reykjavik_by_Laurence Norah-11

We recently fulfilled a long time travel dream of mine, which was to visit Iceland. We did so thanks to an invite from Iceland Travel, and we chose to do one of their self-drive tour itineraries, which included car-hire, accommodation, and a suggested itinerary, but gave us the flexibility to essentially do we wanted on each day.

Given that self-guided is pretty much our favourite way to travel, obviously we jumped at the chance.

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Recinte Modernista Sant Pau Barcelona_by_Laurence Norah-2

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities for visitors, and one of our favourite cities too. There’s loads to see and do, from the incredible architecture of Anton Gaudí, through to museums, UNESCO world heritage sites, markets, delicious tapas – and even a beach.

As you might imagine, it is not hard to fill your time when visiting Barcelona, even on a longer stay. We’ve visited multiple times, and are always coming across new sites and things to do.

You should be aware that Barcelona is a fairly big city, with a number of fairly distinct areas. It does have a good public transport system, but obviously you want to spend more of your time sightseeing and less of your time on a bus or metro.

With that in mind, I’ve put together what I think is a good overview of some of the city’s main sights that should take around three days of your time when visiting the city, as part of our series of itinerary posts.

I’ve ordered the sights for each day by a logical order of how you might want to visit them and also put those sights first that you should visit earlier in the day before the crowds arrive, where possible. Barcelona is very popular with visitors, and especially in the summer months attractions can become very crowded, so booking ahead where possible and turning up early are the key to a frustration free trip.

3 Days in Barcelona: The Perfect Itinerary

Recinte Modernista Sant Pau Barcelona_by_Laurence Norah-2

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most popular cities for visitors, and one of our favourite cities too. There’s loads to see and do, from the incredible architecture of Anton Gaudí, through to museums, UNESCO world heritage sites, markets, delicious tapas – and even a beach.

As you might imagine, it is not hard to fill your time when visiting Barcelona, even on a longer stay. We’ve visited multiple times, and are always coming across new sites and things to do.

You should be aware that Barcelona is a fairly big city, with a number of fairly distinct areas. It does have a good public transport system, but obviously you want to spend more of your time sightseeing and less of your time on a bus or metro.

With that in mind, I’ve put together what I think is a good overview of some of the city’s main sights that should take around three days of your time when visiting the city, as part of our series of itinerary posts.

I’ve ordered the sights for each day by a logical order of how you might want to visit them and also put those sights first that you should visit earlier in the day before the crowds arrive, where possible. Barcelona is very popular with visitors, and especially in the summer months attractions can become very crowded, so booking ahead where possible and turning up early are the key to a frustration free trip.

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Best Photography Locations Iceland Kirkjufell

Iceland has been on my to-do list for the longest time – as a photographer, I couldn’t wait to visit and photograph this beautiful country. Thanks to an invite from Iceland Travel, we were able to do just that, taking a glorious self drive road trip in which we were able to explore the southern and western parts of the country, with a focus on Glaciers and Auroras.

Due to it being Winter when we visited, we couldn’t get up to the North – a repeat trip is required! Still, as the majority of folks come to Reykjavik and explore Iceland from there, I feel that we were able to cover the majority of sights that visitors will be keen to visit and photograph, particularly on a first trip to Iceland.

In today’s post, I’m going to share some of my favourite photography locations in the south and west of the country, as part of my ongoing series of photography location guides.

Some of the locations below we encountered as part of the Iceland Travel tour itself, and others we explored in our own time. I’m also going to share some practicalities for visiting Iceland and tips for your visit, to help you make the most of your stay. But first, lets take a look at:

The Best Photography Locations in Iceland

Best Photography Locations Iceland Kirkjufell

Iceland has been on my to-do list for the longest time – as a photographer, I couldn’t wait to visit and photograph this beautiful country. Thanks to an invite from Iceland Travel, we were able to do just that, taking a glorious self drive road trip in which we were able to explore the southern and western parts of the country, with a focus on Glaciers and Auroras.

Due to it being Winter when we visited, we couldn’t get up to the North – a repeat trip is required! Still, as the majority of folks come to Reykjavik and explore Iceland from there, I feel that we were able to cover the majority of sights that visitors will be keen to visit and photograph, particularly on a first trip to Iceland.

In today’s post, I’m going to share some of my favourite photography locations in the south and west of the country, as part of my ongoing series of photography location guides.

Some of the locations below we encountered as part of the Iceland Travel tour itself, and others we explored in our own time. I’m also going to share some practicalities for visiting Iceland and tips for your visit, to help you make the most of your stay. But first, lets take a look at:

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Route 66 Riverton Kansas_by_Laurence Norah

In what might be the longest running series of posts on this site, today I’m continuing my Route 66 Photo Story with Kansas – the sixth state on the route as we travelled from west to east. Two more to go! You can see highlights of the other Route66 states here. We’re nearly there folks!

Now, I’ll be honest, Kansas was a bit tricky to do. Other states have long stretches of Route 66, giving me lots of options of photos to choose from. Kansas has a grand total of 12 miles of Route 66 before it heads into Missouri.

Highlights of Route 66 Kansas – In Photos

Route 66 Riverton Kansas_by_Laurence Norah

In what might be the longest running series of posts on this site, today I’m continuing my Route 66 Photo Story with Kansas – the sixth state on the route as we travelled from west to east. Two more to go! You can see highlights of the other Route66 states here. We’re nearly there folks!

Now, I’ll be honest, Kansas was a bit tricky to do. Other states have long stretches of Route 66, giving me lots of options of photos to choose from. Kansas has a grand total of 12 miles of Route 66 before it heads into Missouri.

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As part of our five week epic road trip around New Mexico, we spent a few days exploring Santa Fe, the state capital. Located about an hour’s drive north of (the much bigger!) Albuquerque, Santa Fe has long been known as a laid back place that is popular with artists as well as folks looking to explore the outdoors.

We spent our time visiting museums, eating, taking photos and generally exploring everything the state capital has to offer. From that, we’re delighted to share with you our ideas for:

Things To Do When Visiting Santa Fe

What To Do When Visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico

As part of our five week epic road trip around New Mexico, we spent a few days exploring Santa Fe, the state capital. Located about an hour’s drive north of (the much bigger!) Albuquerque, Santa Fe has long been known as a laid back place that is popular with artists as well as folks looking to explore the outdoors.

We spent our time visiting museums, eating, taking photos and generally exploring everything the state capital has to offer. From that, we’re delighted to share with you our ideas for:

Things To Do When Visiting Santa Fe

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