The Best Beaches to Visit on a Day Trip to Anguilla

You may remember that our day trip to Anguilla was one of the reasons we started our blog.  We wanted to share the information we found about the ferry from St. Martin to Anguilla and also what it is like to drive on the other side of the road.  Well, now we are finally getting around to sharing more details of how Katherine and I spent our day in Anguilla.

To maximize our time, we took an early ferry from St. Martin to Anguilla.  We rented a car through Andy’s Car Rental which is located right by the dock.  That way, we would be able to explore at our own pace. You do need a special driving permit but we got that through Andy as well. The island is not that big so our plan was to see as much of it as we could.  Andy from gave us a map and a few recommendations.

Anguilla has some amazing beaches! This is Shoal Bay. - "Beach Day Trip to Anguilla" - Two Traveling Texans
Anguilla has some amazing beaches! This is Shoal Bay.

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Niagara Falls Helicopter Ride to Remember

Niagara Falls is a place I had always wanted to go.  I love waterfalls and really wanted to see Niagara Falls in person to really get a sense of the magnitude.  Russell had not been before either so we decided to plan a weekend there.  We thought a Niagara Falls helicopter ride would be the best way to really get see the falls and help make it a memorable weekend.   

Here you can see the Rainbow Bridge, the American Falls, the Bridal Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. - "Niagara Falls Helicopter Ride to Remember" - Two Traveling Texans
Here you can see the Rainbow Bridge, the American Falls, the Bridal Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls.

There are actually three main waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls: the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and the Bridal Falls.  All are impressive in their own right, but the Horseshoe Falls is by far the largest.  About 160,000 gallons of water flow through both the American and Bridals Falls while the Horseshoe Falls have 600,000 gallons per second.  The Horseshoe Falls is located on the Canadian side and gets its name from its shape. (more…)

Best Free Summer Events in NYC

New York is expensive! The good news is that during the summer there are lots of great free events that you would have to pay for in many other cities.  I have been going to these free summer events in NYC for years and they are always so much fun.  I want you to take advantage of them too!  

Outdoor Movies

I am not a movie person but I love going to outdoor movies.  It is so fun to picnic and lie in the grass to watch a movie.  In NYC, there is no shortage of options, so everyone can find something they like.  My favorite venue is Bryant Park.  They usually show classic films.

Such good memories of watching my favorite movie, Back to the Future, in Bryant Park! - "The Best Free Summer Events in NYC" - Two Traveling Texans
Such good memories of watching my favorite movie, Back to the Future, in Bryant Park!

Each venue differs in the schedule, type of movie, and setup.  Some allow chairs, while others only allow blankets.  There are some venues that will sell food, so you don’t even have to pack a picnic.  You should check the website for the outdoor movie you would like to attend to find out the rules and other important information.

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Neist Point Lighthouse: Best Sunset Spot on Isle of Skye?

One of my favorite things to do is watch the sunset.  There is just something relaxing about it and I never cease to be amazed by Mother Nature.  I try to plan some sunset time whenever I travel.  When I was researching my trip to Isle of Skye, Scotland, I read that the Neist Point Lighthouse was the best place to watch the sunset.  I wanted to see it for myself!

The Neist Point Lighthouse with the sun trying to shine through the clouds. - "Neist Point Lighthouse: Best Sunset Spot on Isle of Skye?" - Two Traveling Texans
The Neist Point Lighthouse with the sun trying to shine through the clouds.

Neist Point is located on the most westerly tip of Isle of Skye near the township of Glendale.  It was about a 40 minute drive from the B&B where we were staying and the drive there was quite an adventure.  Since it is on an isolated part of the island, you have to go on one lane roads to get there.   (more…)

Port House Visits and Cable Cars

Port wine gets its name from the city of Porto in Portugal.  So of course, no visit to Porto would be complete without going to a port house to try some of the local wine!  Across the river from the old city center of Porto is Vila Nova de Gaia, where all the port houses are located.  While you are in Gaia, you should also really ride the cable car for a great view of the city. You could take an organized port tour, but you can also easily do it on your own.  We decided to make it a relaxing afternoon and go at our own pace.  

Looking up at the cable cars from the ground. -"Port House Visits and Cable Cars" - Two Traveling Texans
Looking up at the cable cars from the ground.

How to Get to Gaia

From the old town area of Porto, you can either walk or take an uber across the river.  Then, to get the best views I suggest you take the cable car from the Ponte Luis I Bridge (upper station) to Cais de Gaia (lower station).  It’s a little pricey – €6 for one way or €9 for round trip – but I think it’s worth it.   The trip lasts about five minutes and you will cover about 600 meters, so you can always walk if you prefer.  You should consider that you are purchasing an experience rather than a transportation method.  Plus, as a bonus, we each got a coupon for one port tasting at the Quevedo Port Wine House. (more…)