The Azores – An Archipelago Jewel in the Atlantic

The Azores are a Portuguese archipelago comprised of nine volcanic islands that, for some strange reason, are not overrun with tourists. You might remember that there was a famous emergency landing made here in 2001 where a plane ran out of fuel and safely and successfully coasted into the Azores. The islands lie about two[…]

Barcelona for Sports Enthusiasts

Yesterday, while adding a new line of sightseeing tours to the product offering of BrilliantTrips, one tour in particular jumped out at me as something of extra special interest: a Barcelona sports tour. It’s an all day excursion that focuses on Barcelona’s football (soccer) and Olympic history. Participants will see the F.C. Barcelona Stadium, or[…]

The Temples and Shrines of Kyoto, Japan

There are a large number of Buddhist temples in Kyoto, Japan. Buddhism, the doctrine of Buddha, was first introduced from Korea in the 6th century. There are also hundreds of Shinto shrines. Shrines, like temples, are places of worship and the dwellings of Kami, or gods. How does a shrine differ from a temple you[…]

The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Located in Oudtshoorn, South Africa, about an hour drive from George at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lies a spectacular underground wonder known as the Cango Caves. The caves are situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains and have breathtaking drip-stone caverns with vast halls and towering formations. The show[…]