Hampi, India: Off the Beaten Track

Arriving into Hampi

Arriving in Hampi feels like stepping back in time to the ancient Roman empire, except you’re in the ancient Indian empire.  Centuries old ruins and temples dot this landscape of giant granite boulders and rice fields.  If you get some elevation and look out to the horizon all you will visually feast on are God […]

Ten Reasons to Visit Puebla, Mexico

Ingredients for Mole

I refer to Puebla as the fourth largest Mexican city that no one has heard of.  While I admit that visiting the historic district of this ancient city without having to swat away milling tourists and dodge tour busses has its attraction, I think it a shame that more people don’t visit, especially those who […]

Ouro Preto, Brazil


Bom dia (good morning) from Brazil! This week we’re still coming to you from the state of Minas Gerais but we’re no longer in its capital city of Belo Horizonte. This week we’re in the much more beautiful locale of Ouro Preto. The town’s full name is Vila Rica do Ouro Preto, which is Portuguese for […]