#travel #blog Just Go Places

Oh dear, slipped again on the #travel1k charts — last week we were at #127, and got even less posts out for the week of October 17th and doooooown to #151 we go. Time to get working harder!

This week we saw the biggest climbs from Iheartpolarbears (up 1422 places to 264th), Traveling Ted (up 1420 places to 227th), and Charles McCool (McCool Travel)Matt Matt, and Stef Travel Photographer.

As usual, let’s find someone new to see what they’re doing better than us this week, and here we are, at #35 up from #47: @justgo_places1’s Just Go Places!

#travel #blog Just Go Places

 

I have always enjoyed travelling and exploring new cultures and places.  I grew up in the New York suburbs and made a beeline to university in New York City as soon as I could.  After university, I spent two years teaching English in Japan before returning to the United States for law school.

When I started work in one of the big international law firms in New York, I was given the opportunity to transfer to their London office.  I met my now-husband who has a similar love of travel despite being shackled to real life as  finance lawyer.  We got married, had children, bought a house – the usual stuff.  The wanderlust never went away though.

Our children are boy/girl twins (currently 10 years old).  We call her Little Miss because of that Spin Doctors’ song – Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong.  In her mind, Little Miss is never wrong.  (God grant me the patience to survive the upcoming teenage years).  Then there is my son who wants to be a pilot when he grows up.  He has definitely inherited our wanderlust and foodie genes…

Ah, another family travel blog, definitely an area of specialization in which we do not overlap … wait, what? This blog chronicles World Heritage Site visits as well? Now that’s a rarity — let’s see here, ah here’s one we haven’t been to yet:

A Family Road Trip in Malawi

Rachel is ‘taking the road less traveled by.’ I’d say a road trip through Malawi is definitely a lesser travelled road.

Rachel’s family trip was inspired by her time in the Peace Corps in Malawi in the mid-1980’s where she met her future husband, a Dutch dentist also working in Malawi. So some 20 odd years later, the couple returned with their kids to introduce them to a country which holds a special place in their heart.

The first site you should explore if you are interested in visiting Malawi is the official tourist website for the country.  Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world where almost 3/4 of the population of 13 million lives on less than $1.25 a day.  On the other hand, Malawi is a safe and peaceful country to visit which has been nicknamed the ‘warm heart of Africa’.  Efforts to encourage tourism to Malawi are slowly succeeding but they still don’t have the profile of the big boys in African tourism (Kenya, Tanzania, etc.).  More tourism in Malawi can make a big difference in the lives of its people…

Alright, now that’s a story!

And a section on Dark Tourism too? My, my, an eclectic family travel blog indeed!

How the Inquisition Made Friends and Influenced People

Although Thomas Hobbes was writing about the conditions of war in 1651 not much had changed since medieval times.  Life was even nastier and shorter if you caught the attention of the Inquisition.  The ecclesiastical body set up by the Catholic Church to weed out those people who did not conform to its teachings, the Inquisition, was ruthless.  They effectively had declared war on heretics, homosexuals and supposed witches. The Inquisition had the authority to question thoroughly (i.e., torture) its suspects.

On our recent trip to Carcassone in the Languedoc region of the South of France, we visited the Inquisition Museum.  Unfortunately, the Inquisition held a heavy grip on the area the mid-13th century to the early 18th century.  The region was a stronghold of the Cathars, a Christian sect which dared to defy some of the teachings of the Catholic Church.  The Inquisition showed no mercy to the Cathars as it swept through the area.

The Inquisition Museum was truly disturbing.  I had no idea there were so many different ways to harm people.  I usually deal with discomfort with humour and so I got to wondering how the torture would stack up in the modern world…

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p dir=”ltr”>OK, from “Inspiration for Families Who Enjoy Independent Travel in Style and Comfort” to “I bring you the Cheney torture scale for 7 medieval torture instruments” in three clicks and a scroll? Why, this reads like the kind of family travel blog we’d write!

Technically, BuiltWith tells us it’s a standard WordPress setup, and as always we recommend Dreampress as your best choice for that, free Jetpack Professional and all; and a pretty standard collection of plugins; mostly notable that we see WooCommerce listed, although the shop seems like a bit of an … afterthought, not too much inspiration there

Well, this blog definitely gets our top award for Most Interesting Family Travel Blog we’ve run across yet, I think we can safely presume our selections above for instance are ones you’re vanishingly unlikely to find on any other family travel blog — thoroughly recommend you check it out!

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I go places.

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