The Cubic Houses Of Rotterdam

When in Rotterdam you have to see the famous Cubic Houses, also known in Dutch as the Blaakse Bos (Blaak Forest) situated at Blaak. These unique houses were designed by architect Piet Blom in 1977, representing trees in the city center. The original plan of 55 houses resulted in 39 completed, all built at 45 degrees. Its unique that each house has 106 square metres (1,100 sq ft),  but realistically there is 1/4 of the space unusable based on the shape! Continue reading “The Cubic Houses Of Rotterdam”

Seeking the Meteor Crater, Arizona

Unknown to many, northern Arizona is home to a meteor crater near Route 66. Just off the Interstate 40, east of Flagstaff and west of Winslow, you can visit the protected meteorite impact crater that was created about 50,000 years ago. Formally known as the Canyon Diablo Crater, it is not protected as a national monument as it is still privately owned by Barringer Crater Company. This geological site is well worth a stop on your road trip vacation through America as you will be amazed by the sheer size of it and history.

Called by scientists as the Barringer Crater in honor of Daniel Barringer, who was first to suggest that it was produced by meteorite impact. 

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Hiking the Upper Antelope Canyons Navajo Tour, Arizona

The Antelope Canyons can be found on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. The only way you can visit is by booking a tour to visit either the Upper Canyons or the Lower Canyons, both formed by erosion and flash flooding.  Both are slightly different, so take a look at the differences of each one and the requirements before booking. If you are planning to go here, make sure you book your tickets in advance too. We had chosen the Upper Canyons to visit, and luckily we could book the last space on the tour for September – which we actually booked at least 3 months before we were even in America for our US road trip! Continue reading “Hiking the Upper Antelope Canyons Navajo Tour, Arizona”

Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah

Hiking in Zion National Park was one of the top places we had high expectations on our US road trip. As Utah’s first National Park, we couldn’t wait to climb the massive sandstone cliffs within the 24 km long canyon. The Springdale Visitor Center is a great start to your hikes to pick up any last minute snacks or water and that special souvenir to take home! Our goal of the day was to hike the hardest and most challenging Angels Landing! Continue reading “Hiking Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah”

Walking the Sand Dunes at Winterton On Sea, Norfolk

For the weekend we explored the sand dunes and beach of Winterton On Sea in Norfolk. The village is only 13 km north of Great Yarmouth and 30 km east of Norwich. The coast is made up of a 109 hectare National Nature Reserve. Combining the Winterton dunes with the Horsey dunes, Hawker Dragonflys and Natterjack Toads can be found here. Winterton On Sea is also the home to more than 300 pairs of the little tern seabirds, making it the UKs largest colony. Continue reading “Walking the Sand Dunes at Winterton On Sea, Norfolk”