The Natural Beauty of Lysefjord Norway

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By Nicole Anderson

Lysefjord Norway is located around 25 kilometres (16 mi) east of the city of Stavanger within Forsand municipality, part of Rogaland county, in the south west of this incredibly beautiful country.

The name Lysefjord translates to ‘light fjord’, and this name is understood to have come about due to the lightly colored granite rocks that exist along all sides. Carved by glaciers dating back to the Ice Age, it is the southernmost of the biggest fjords in Norway.

During my read more

The Natural Beauty of Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock Norway

Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock Norway

By Nicole Anderson

Preikestolen or Pulpit Rock Norway, (Preikestolen in English: “The Pulpit Rock”, “Pulpit” or “Preacher’s Chair”) once visited, is one of those places that you are never likely to forget.  To say it is impressive feels like it’s an understatement.  Its majestic beauty and that of its surrounding region is hard to compare to anywhere else.

Acknowledged by many as being the most photographed and popular site of natural beauty in Norway, read more

Solo Women Travel Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

The dream

Famous the world over for its ancient history, Egypt has long been a country many desire to experience.  The mystery of the Pyramids, sailing down the waters of the Nile, seeing the mighty Sahara, visiting the majestic Karnak and other temples and monuments, wandering the Egyptian Museum, exploring the Valley of the Kings and swimming in the crystal waters off the Red Sea Riviera.  These are just some of the treasures that makes Egypt such a ‘bucket list’ destination.

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The Natural Beauty of the Mediterranean Sea Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

The entire Mediterranean Sea is a sea connected in the west by the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar.  This sea is surrounded by the three continents of Africa (south), Europe (north) and Asia (east).  It is also the sea that connects to the Nile through Egypt and the Red Sea via the Suez Canal.

In total the sea covers an approximate area of 2.5 million sq km (965,000 sq mi).

Around 3 hours’ drive north of Cairo is a lovely stretch of Egypt’s northern coastline running read more

The Natural Beauty around the Red Sea Riviera, Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

Located between the continents of Africa and Asia (Middle East) is the Red Sea.  The Red Sea is actually a saltwater inlet of the Indian Ocean which enters from the Gulf of Aden on the Saudi Arabian Peninsula and then leads all the way up to the Gulf of Suez on one side and the Gulf of Aqaba on the other.

My partner James and I had heard about the beautiful resort areas that exist in the Red Sea area of Egypt.  Having an international reputation for being one of the best locations read more

The Natural Beauty of Lake Nasser, Egypt

Lake Nasser

By Nicole Anderson

Although well regarded as a place of natural beauty, Lake Nasser is, in fact, one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.  It was completed in 1971 as a vast reservoir located mostly (83%) in southern Egypt and the remaining part located in northern Sudan, where it is referred to as Lake Nubia.

The area surrounding the lake is the traditional home of the Nubian people who date back to ancient Egypt.  I found modern-day Nubian people to be extremely friendly indeed, very read more

Natural Beauty from Cairo to Aswan Rail

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By Nicole Anderson

Travelling by rail in Egypt may not be everyone’s first choice due to the train carriages not being of similar standard when compared to western countries.  Generally, it is true to say that the trains are comparably quite old and not that well maintained with regards to cleanliness and amenities.

If you can understand this from the very start, then you are likely to have a more enjoyable time than if you just spend your time thinking about how this experience does not compare read more

The Natural Beauty of the Nile, Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

To me there has always been something mystical about the thought of gliding down the River Nile, Egypt.  It has always conjured up beautiful and romantic images against a backdrop of history and wonder.

I was so fortunate to experience this on a trip to Egypt in June this year.  We were lucky enough to stay in a five-star cruiser sailing from Aswan to Luxor in addition to taking a ride on a traditional felucca in Luxor and seeing the Nile from many different locations across read more

The Natural Beauty of the Sahara, Egypt

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By Nicole Anderson

Touring different locations within the largest hot desert in the world, across a country with the most in the way of ancient history was a real joy and privilege.

When you first mention the word ‘Sahara’, people generally do not automatically associate this with natural beauty.

And yet the Sahara in its vastness, offers so much beauty that shines through its harshness and barren terrain.

Last month, I was fortunate enough to travel to North Africa and experience much of Egypt, read more

The Natural Beauty of Tutuila Island, American Samoa

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By Nicole Anderson

Tutuila Island is a tropical paradise that is part of the islands and atolls that make up American Samoa.  Tutuila Island is also the largest and main island of America Samoa and home to its capital, Pago Pago.

American Samoa is located pretty much in the center of the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Hawaii in the north and New Zealand in the south.  Its geographic coordinates are 14° 16S, 170° 42W.

The 5 volcanic islands of Tutuila, Aunu’u, Ofu, Olosega and Ta’u along read more

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