Montreal is the 2nd largest city in Canada and the 4th largest French-speaking city in the world (behind Paris, Kinshasa & Abidjan.) I didn't really know anything about Montreal except that it gets really cold in winter, with a lot of snow.
Cape Town is a popular tourist destination in large part thanks to its natural setting (with Table Mountain & the nearby Cape of Good Hope) and because of its western feel it's a very accessible multicultural city. We came in to Cape Town with wild expectations, and it didn't disappoint.
St. Lucia, a small tourist town, is the ideal hub from where to discover the diverse fauna and flora of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserve.
Along with the Serengeti, Kruger National Park must be one of Africa's most iconic safari destinations.
It is home to an astounding diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion & rhino.)
And of all African wildlife parks, Kruger has to be the most well-equipped and maintained park making it an ideal self-drive safari destination.
South Africa's R532 - in the north-east, not too far from Kruger National Park - is dubbed the Panorama Route.
With good reason: it offers some of the best South-African landscapes at the many viewpoints along the way.
We wanted to do something different this year.
A culture and experience that we're not used to.
What about a safari in Africa?
I was told that South Africa is a great place to start exploring Africa if you've never been there before.
Seattle is located in the north-west corner of the United States so you should expect some rain.
You could even expect it to rain every day if your timing's as lousy as mine!
Who would've thought late October could be so wet?
Every year, Munich celebrates the 200 years old tradition known as Oktoberfest.
For 16 to 18 days, ending the first Sunday in October, over 6 million visitors visit the Theresienwiese to drink about as many liters of beer.
It had been my 30th birthday and 2 of my friends were about to reach that same milestone. When we were younger, we used to go on vacation together, but that was 10 years ago. Our girlfriends got together and booked all 6 of us a weekend to London.
Friends who learned about our plans to visit Croatia were quick to recommend the Plitvice Lakes, easily Croatia's most famous national park.
On an area of only a few km² are 16 of the most beautiful lakes and I don't know how many waterfalls.
Too much to count!
The national park is a lot bigger, but let's be honest, you're only coming for the lakes.