‘Tis the season of lights, Santa Claus and gift wrap, the time of year when Bethlehem once again becomes a news story around the globe. The real Bethlehem, the traditional site of Jesus’ birth, still stands only a few miles from Jerusalem, but Arabs have since replaced the Jews as its inhabitants.
Palestinian flag painted on a security wall between the West Bank and Israel
Every Christmas eve faithful Christians gather at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity to worship. For many it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemorate Jesus’ birth where he was born. Maybe it’s on your bucket list as well. If so, to ensure you get the most out of your visit, here are a few things about Bethlehem that you should know before you go, from entry, to culture, to sites and souvenirs.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/things-about-bethlehem/
Pinterest has captivated me. I’m spending a whole lot of time on its travel boards pinning places to go, food to eat, things to do. You name it, if it’s travel or food related I probably like it.
Inspired, I asked Dan to reformat some of his shots for a different type of story today. Thanks to him every photo in this story is Pinterest-friendly. If you’re on Pinterest, please let me know if you like this format and I’ll create more. Even better, show your love by pinning the ones you like and follow us on Pinterest, too!
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/things-to-do-panama-city-panama/
As enjoyable as it is to gawk at stunning centuries-old architecture and walk through town squares shaded by towering trees dangling Spanish moss (that had been the first half of our one day exploration) there’s a lot more to Savannah than that. Starting with a particular street that runs along Savannah River and a dramatic cemetery that’s become a major tourist attraction.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/savannah-river/
Only an hour and a half into Georgia from Florida’s state line, Savannah usually gets bypassed, ignored by millions of travelers every day as they rush-rush-rush to reach their final destinations as quickly as possible.
Maybe it’s an American thing. Certainly Dan and I have been as guilty as anyone of totally focusing on the goal and not taking the time to enjoy the journey. To be honest, that attitude is pretty unnecessary because any deadlines we have are usually self-imposed. I mean, so what if we take an extra day to get home? Or for that matter, do we really have to spend our entire time in one place? We could leave a bit earlier and see something else, too!
Case in point: Our recent trip to Charlotte, North Carolina to celebrate a holiday with friends.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/one-day-in-savannah/
Colmar is one of the prettiest towns I have ever seen. Its cobblestone streets and walkways, flower-lined canals, sidewalk cafes, and ancient half-timbered houses make it a photographer’s dream. Think Disney’s Beauty and the Beast meets real life. This could be Belle’s home town.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/colmar-france/
There’s one attraction in Singapore that turns even the most serious adult into a kid: the Singapore Night Safari.
If you’re thinking it’s just another zoo, you’ve got another think coming. We dare you to try it for yourself and see.
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/singapore-night-safari-review/
Question: How can you drive from Alaska to Argentina?
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/the-darien-gap-are-you-nuts/
Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, is one of the best reasons to visit the country, especially if you have a camera. It has a beautiful beach, fantastic restaurants, lively street life, and an old town so full of charming colonial architecture that it deserves its UNESCO World Heritage status.
The Colorful UNESCO city of Cartagena, Colombia
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/cartagena-street-life/
One of the highlights of our trip to Panama’s Darien Province was our ride up a winding river to visit an Embera Indian village. Mogue (MOE-gay) is a curious mixture of modern conveniences vs. chickens running wild, a concrete schoolhouse vs. open, thatched huts on stilts, and schoolchildren in logoed t-shirts and jeans versus bilingual (Embera/Spanish) adults who spend their days creating traditional handicrafts.
The easiest way to get through the Darien is by boat
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/embera-indians/
Santa Fe is a small mountain town in Panama’s Veraguas province, about a three-hour drive from Panama City. Veraguas is in the center of the country and the only province that spreads from coast to coast, the Pacific to the south and the Caribbean to the north.
Yes, north and south. Check it out on a map yourself; I’m not joking!
Permanent link to this article: http://www.aswesawit.com/santa-fe-veraguas-hike/