Travel to Little Known Places is not your normal travel site. What you’ll find are down-to-earth experiences of a crazy couple travelling to little known and off-the-beaten path places. We like to get out of the big cities as fast as we can. We like to rent a car, and just go exploring. It is absolutely amazing some of the things you find that are not in the guidebooks. Locals, Not Tourists We’d rather meet local people than other tourists. We’d rather eat local food, or go to a small town celebration than be part of a tour group herded from one … More… →
We were lucky to have a friend who had a friend in Montevideo, Uruguay, and he was enthusiastic about meeting us. Montevideo, Uruguay, is just across the water from Buenos Aires, Argentina, so with a 3 hour Buquebus ferry ride across the very wide Rio de la Plata, which opens into the Atlantic Ocean, we arrived. We met a lively woman from England on the ferry who helped us call our friend in Montevideo. We took a taxi to his house and there we met his wife and son. They were a sweet and kind elderly couple … More… →
We left Iguazu Falls on a high of blustering waterfalls surrounding us in a circle of thundering water, but we forgot to tell you about our excursion to Paraguay. We booked a catamaran boat excursion down the Iguazu and Parana Rivers into Paraguay. The Iguazu and Parana Rivers cross each other at the three-country border of Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. The catamaran wasn’t a sailboat: it was a motorized pontoon boat, but we needed it for shallow areas of the river. Along the way we were going to see an original Guarani Indian site in … More… →
“Want to go to Argentina?” I said to my friend D. “What? Argentina? Hmm… I don’t know… how long?” “Just a month. There is a great price out of LA.” “A month! I can’t get that much time off work.” “Are you sure? Have you asked?” “No. Ok, I’ll ask… but I don’t think so… it’s always been two weeks.” The next day, she called to say they said YES. I think she was in shock. But she was excited and so was I! Since we were both ballroom dancers, the idea of going to the birthplace of the … More… →
I was so excited to return to my favourite small town in Hungary: Gyor. Near the border of Slovakia and only an hour and a half to continue to Vienna, it’s a pleasant two hour drive from Budapest to Gyor… Gyor (pronounced “Dyur”) is packed with charm, and has a quiet community atmosphere with the storybook river Raba running through it… E and I had spent a lot of time here several years ago when she lived in Gyor. She had a pretty little apartment just off downtown. Since I was there in winter, I … More… →
How many times have we said we don’t like something, only to find that an authentic first-hand experience of that very thing astonishes you, and you come away with a complete change of mind… and so it happened with us in Budapest. First of all, Budapest is an extravagant and exciting city, ranging from magnificent to modest. Architecturally, it is beautiful. Many original historic buildings have been maintained, and these elegant structures seem to be valued much more in Europe in general, than they are in North America. Much of the charm of Europe is in the magnificent … More… →
It seems that Hungary sits over a steaming inferno of water… Hungary has a reputation for having the best Roman Turkish bath houses in Europe. People from all over Europe, as well as from other parts of the world, visit their famous medicinal hot springs. Thermal baths are literally spread all over the country. There are over 140 registered thermal baths in Hungary and over 1300 thermal springs. The city of Budapest holds the title of having the most thermal and medicinal springs than any other city in the world. The Roman Turkish bath houses are … More… →
With the River Danube running through the centre of the city, Budapest is a spectacular city! Did you know that there are two separate cities that make up Budapest? Buda is on the West side of the Danube and Pest (pronounced Pesht) is on the East side of the Danube. One of the most impressive things about Budapest is its diverse architectural buildings, ranging from Gothic to Soviet-era, to Baroque to Roman Ruins to Art Nouveau. This is a result of Hungary being invaded an unbelievable number of times! Hungary’s history goes back to over 350,000 years. Considering … More… →
Everyone knows Venice, but who knew that there were over 100 other islands all around Venice? These little-known islands of the Venetian Lagoon are fabulously interesting, and kind of kept a secret by the locals. Some of the islands are uninhabited, some have only a few dozen people. Sant’ Erasmo Island is known for its Orto wine and garden vegetables, Torcello is known for its peaceful greenery, San Michele is the cemetery island, Lido is known for its villas and vacation homes, Pellestrina has beaches, nature reserves and the local fishermen live in colourful cottages, Chioggia is a … More… →
Well, I have done some crazy things in the past, but this one about tops them all. On a pitch-black night, in the middle of the Amazon Jungle, in Ecuador, we canoed on a swamp searching for crocodiles by flashlight, with a 12-year-old native Quechua Indian navigating. We found one 7 foot female croc and one 8 foot croc, and 3 baby crocodiles. A few of us had flashlights, so beams of light flitted across the black water, occasionally catching some weeds or a tree or some tall reeds. We were very quiet. It was taking a … More… →
Hello, are you ready to take a few vicarious trips to little known and unusual places? Welcome to Travel To Little Known Places. My reason for starting this blog is just to share our crazy travel stories and misadventures, many compiled from letters home to family and friends while travelling. Our choice of places is almost always a bit off-the-beaten-path. So if that tickles your curiosity, sign up for email notifications of new posts below or to the right. No junk mail. Our style of travel is a little different from most, and after so … More… →
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