Beauty, spas, baths… oh my! Go in search of the world’s best places for pampering and blissful beauty sourced right from the earth’s natural resources. A journey to these alluring destinations will leave you glowing inside and out. Vichy, France Dating back to the Roman times, picturesque Vichy is un rêve. The waters in this countryside escape are believed to soften skin. It’s a secret that the French have happily shared with the rest of the world, producing creams that promise youthful skin. Paris, France Perfumes flow through a Parisienne’s veins. Famed French femmes Queen Catherine de’ Medici and Marie-Antoinette […]
Warning: you might feel green with envy when you see our list of the world’s most colorful cities. Drab isn’t fab in these perfectly painted places… they’re making us feel blue that we aren’t there right now. Jodhpur and Jaipur, India The state of Rajasthan has a lot of pretty towns and villages, with Jaipur and Jodhpur competing for the most colorful. Jodhpur homes are painted a heavenly blue to keep them cool in the hot desert sun. It’s a cool hue that pops against the sea of sand. Pink is perfectly pretty in Jaipur, which earned the moniker “the […]
Try cave exploration around the world and discover ancient secrets. These underground caves abound with history and natural beauty, and they are all waiting to be explored. Cave of the Thousand Buddhas: Western China Hidden away along the Silk Route is a series of over 400 caves with preserved murals and painted statues spanning back 1,000 years. Monks carved the first caves, stretching one mile into the cliffs in Gansu Province. These magnificent caves, listed collectively as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offer a fascinating look at Buddhist art and the history of the area. One mural depicts a cultural […]
Sun, sand, spices, and a deeply fascinating culture splashed with vibrant colors and gorgeous architecture make Morocco a photographer’s dream. It’s truly difficult to narrow in on what’s most picture-worthy, but here are some of Ker & Downey’s favorites. Medina, Fez A warren of narrow lanes, ancient homes, and interesting archways, Fez’s medina offers a blast into the past. There’s something to snap at every turn. Artisans bang on copper pots and shimmering lanterns glimmer in the sunlight that filters down through the labyrinth. Mosque Hassan II, Casablanca Soaring above the sea, this massive mosque’s tilework, arches, and minaret are […]
Drift amidst a dazzling rainbow of fish and above a myriad of vibrant corals in these exotic locales. These are some of our top spots for snorkeling, where mother nature’s beauty shines bright beneath the waves. Isla Holbox, Mexico This island off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula is the place to snorkel right next to whale sharks, the largest fish in the ocean. The sliver of an island is part of the Yum Balam Nature Reserve where pink flamingos are a brilliant sight against the jade waters, and the beaches are soft coral sands. Coral Triangle The Coral Triangle is […]
Before filming Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler traveled to Africa for the first time. Although the Kingdom of Wakanda is fictional, he said it was important to first experience the continent to make sure he authentically represented the film’s African setting. The influence of cultures and places from across Africa is evident on-screen. We’re taking a look at the way Africa was reimagined in Black Panther locations and characters. These sites and experiences should definitely go on your travel list.
Joy, happiness, and a massive cloud of color fills the air every year during India‘s Holi celebration. The entire country busts out in a frenetic fervor, doused in a hearty splash of vibrant pigments. Purple, pink, blue, red, and green powders turn many cities and villages into a riotous rainbow. What is Holi Holi is a joyous festival welcoming spring’s arrival. The date Holi is celebrated changes each year based on the lunar cycle. Ancient poetry and plays dating back to the fourth century make mention of the gloriously vibrant festival. Hindu legend tells a tale of good defeating evil, and huge […]
The One Thousand and One Nights are a collection of classic tales of love and adventure with genies, magical lamps, villains, and heroes. These stories were compiled over centuries and span many countries like India and Egypt, mostly in the Middle East and Asia. Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor are all stories that have lasted through the ages and have inspired Ker & Downey to compile a list of some of the places that are featured in these time honored tales.
Stories of pirates, parrots, and perfect seas are popular because of their sense of adventure. We selected some of our favorite tales that had us dreaming of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and snorkeling through coral reefs from Cuba to the Red Sea. These are tropical tales, our beach island inspired stories. Gulliver’s Travels This classic was written in 1726 by Jonathan Swift and is about a man who travels the seas. During a storm, Gulliver is abandoned on a peninsula along the western coast of North America. The Baja Peninsula could have very well been this stopping point. A mysterious […]
The African wild dog, also known as the Cape hunting dog or painted dog, isn’t an easy animal to spot in the bush. Perhaps that’s because only about 6,600 survive in the wild and packs can cover 900 square miles of territory. Francois van Heerden, Senior Game Ranger at Mateya Lodge in the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa has been fortunate enough to encounter the African wild dog in the bush several times, and he shared his favorite experience with us. Madikwe has gifted me with many great African wild dog encounters over the years and it is very […]