Off The Beaten Path

Cienfuegos Warm Hospitality

By |2016-02-02T10:09:24-05:00February 2nd, 2016|Categories: Caribbean, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Cienfuegos Warm Hospitality.  The Pearl of the South is a five hour bus drive from the capital of Havana, and located on the southern coast of Cuba. Cienfuegos translates to 100 fires. Cienfuegos was originally inhabited by indigenous people of Cuba, but then settled by French immigrants from Bordeaux and Louisiana. Don Louis de Clouet, their [...]

Havana Highlights

By |2016-01-15T09:40:53-05:00January 15th, 2016|Categories: Caribbean, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Havana Highlights.  Havana the brilliant and decrepit capital of Cuba is a diamond in the rough.  A smorgasbord of people and cultures have melded in this Caribbean metropolis.  Over two million people are crammed in this city founded in the 16th century by the Spanish.  Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) is a UNESCO world heritage site.   Havana [...]

Cuba Travel Facts

By |2016-09-30T04:00:49-05:00January 15th, 2016|Categories: Advice, Caribbean, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Cuba travel facts.  Cuba has a passion for music and for waiting in lines.  The music is incredible, but the lines suck.  Here is a recap of things you should be aware of before you travel to Cuba.  Cuba is taking its first baby steps to wake up from 55 years of communism and one man [...]

Visiting Kompong Luong Floating Village

By |2015-12-30T23:15:48-05:00December 30th, 2015|Categories: Asia, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , |

Visiting Kompong Luong Floating Village in Cambodia.  After you have seen the temples at Angkor Wat, tanned yourselves on the beaches of Sihanoukville, and walked somberly through the Killing Fields of Phnom Penh, it is time to explore some of the other corners of Cambodia.  I have seen floating villages ranging from the capital of Brunei, [...]

Top Places To Visit In Moldova

By |2015-11-27T09:57:28-05:00November 21st, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Places To Visit In Moldova.  After spending two days in the capital of Chisinau, I decided to explore more of Moldova on a day trip. The first part of the day was spent visiting two historic monasteries and I finished the day with a wine tasting. Curchi Monastery Lack of expectations and off-the-beaten-path occasionally result [...]

Top Sites In Chisinau

By |2015-11-20T03:39:10-05:00November 10th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Sites In Chisinau. How do you define off-the-beaten path? I spent two days exploring the streets of Moldova’s capitol, Chisinau, and I saw zero tourists. I would define that as off-the beaten path. And that is a shame. Chisinau is an extremely pleasant and walkable European city. An added bonus, the Moldovan Leu has lost [...]

Top Things To Do In Transnistria

By |2015-11-17T07:56:34-05:00October 31st, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Top Things To Do In Transnistria.  Transnistria is not on the tops of most people’s list in terms of tourist destinations. Paris, Rome or the Caribbean are traditionally considered first. And for those that do visit this de facto independent country, most opt to visit on a day trip from neighboring Moldova. But I will suggest [...]

Top Things To See In Tiraspol, Transnistria.

By |2015-10-30T11:46:53-05:00October 30th, 2015|Categories: Europe, Off The Beaten Path|Tags: , , , , |

Top things to see in Tiraspol, Transnistria. It has its own currency, maintains its own military, has its own flag, and even their own national anthem, yet Transnistria is not recognized by any country in the world (as defined by the 193 sovereign states recognized by the UN). But of course, there is always room for [...]