Sunday Special – The Simpson’s Ride Universal Studios Hollywood


A number of months ago I was perusing Instagram when I spotted a photo of  travel blogger TheClumsyTraveler in front of “Krusty Land”. She was at Universal Studios Hollywood and they have The Simpson’s Ride. WHHAAATTTTT??!   As I commented on the post – I had no idea such a place existed! I love The Simpson’s. This also shows you that I know very little about theme parks – LOL. Well this one is on the list (as is anything Harry Potter).

The Simpson’s Ride opened at Universal Studios back in 2008 (I am so outta the loop) at both Florida and California locations. It replaced the Back to the Future rides that were previously housed at both locales. To enter the ride you must walk through a giant head of Krusty the Clown. The journey continues through some pre-shows and then onto the ride. Afterwards you can visit The Kwik-E-Mart gift shop, have donuts at Lard Lad and even have a beer at Moe’s Tavern. I seriously need to go here! And then head off to see all the Harry Potter fun at Universal Studios too.

And a big thank you to The Clumsy Traveler for posting about it on Instagram! I’m glad to have learned about it.

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The Simpson’s Ride Universal Studios Hollywood – Photo Credit – Wikimedia Commons: Taken and owned by user METRO96

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Moe’s Tavern at Universal Studios Hollywood – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by User JasFabSch

Sunday Special – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


In honour of the 31st Olympics we will focus on the host city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The second largest city in Brazil, Rio is known around the world for being a beach city, it’s famous Carnival and Christ the Redeemer statue overseeing this vibrant metropolis.

With a population of over 10 million in its metropolitan area this South American city has much to see so several days would be needed. Do pack your sunscreen as temperatures can be hot in the summer months (December to March). Winters are cooler but it is still tropical. Aside from Carnival and the beaches there is music, food, sport and museums to fill your days. Not to mention some great views from surrounding mountains and lookouts.

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Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro – Photo Credit: Owned by Travelbusy.com – via Wikimedia Commons

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Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and Owned by Zinneke

 

Sunday Special – Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar (Burma)


I first saw a photo of this cave on Pinterest and I thought “hey, a great place to post about for the Sunday Special”. I made note of it and came back to it now. As I often do, I research the web about the place I am posting. Some places reflect my own personal experiences, others give straightforward information and finally some have a reflection of my own wonderings of that particular locale or event. Even though Kyaut Sae Cave caught my attention I have to say there is not much out there on this place (not even on Wikipedia). Then today a friend suggested to me today that I consider visiting Myanmar (Burma). So with two ideas of Myanmar floating near me, I naturally, have to make a post about it. What I have found on Kyaut Sae Caves is from blogs or articles about stunning caves. I have not found an “official” page about it yet I am intrigued. I hope you find it so as well.

What I have learned about this enigmatic cave is that was believed to have been a hiding spot for those wanting to avoid assaults and attacks from the Mongols during the 1200s CE. Today you will find a Buddhist temple built inside the cave that serves as a pilgrimage and place of rest for monks. It is located in the town of Burna, Myanmar.

The photos I have seen are very limited and under copyright (as I usually use Wikimedia Commons for public domain or attribution photos) so there is no photo on this post, however, the two separate links above and this Pinterest one will show you this mysterious cave.

Sunday Special – Schnapps Trail, Germany’s Black Forest


If ya can’t travel yourself then celebrate those who are travelling. This week my sister and two of her friends returned to Canada after completing the northern route of the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Black Forest Schnaps Trail in Germany. The Camino story will be showcased at a later date. Today will be about this German hike with various stops to taste homemade schnap liqueurs. Forget a water station and go for the schnaps. 

Learning about this hike from an Air Canada Enroute article, they decided to add this trail to their travel adventures. Tucked away in the Black Forest is an area with hiking trails amidst numerous families making tasty liqueurs. Making this tradition drink has been a family tradition for numerous generations. Each adding their own flare to the drink. At various points there are schnaps springs awaiting you in self-serve style. Enjoy your fill (don’t forget to pay) and go on your way. It’s probably safe to suggest a decent meal before heading out to the Sasbachwalden. You can pick from the northern route (7km / 4.35 miles) or the southern way (12km / 7.45 miles). Either way it sounds like a fun twist to add to your nature hikes.