Akaroa – New Zealand’s Only French Settlement

The charming township of Akaroa sits at the edge of a pleasing harbor inside the eroded crater of a gigantic, extinct volcano. Akaroa is located an hour and a half drive southeast of Christchurch on Banks Peninsula, the South Island’s most impressive volcanic feature. The peninsula has two prevailing craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa[…]

Lamma Island – Art, Culture & Tradition

Hong Kong is comprised of the Kowloon peninsula, the New Territories and 236 different islands. The third largest of the islands, Lamma Island, provides a nice alternative to the craziness of the city and offers a peaceful and tranquil setting. A sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, buildings[…]

The Water Wheels of Fayoum

The oasis town of Fayoum lies about 75 kilometers south of Cairo, Egypt and can be reached by van in about an hour and a half. Visitors to Fayoum get a unique insight into what the typical farmer’s life is like in Egypt by catching a glimpse of the wonderfully preserved ancient saqia (Egyptian water[…]

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[…]