M & T’s Top 11 of 2011 | Things To Do In Beijing

1. The Great Wall: Certainly the most memorable experience of our trip to date. There are many options available ranging in time, money and convenience. We recommend the Jinshangling to Simatai leg, a...
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Hiking the Tongariro Pass

Mt Tongariro | New Zealand :: Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Although it seems ages since we finished the Routeburn track, our sore and tender muscles feel as though it...
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Verona | Italy :: Casa De Romeo & Juliet

Verona is a great side or day trip from Venice, if you have the time.  This quaint town is most famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  Many people consider Verona a...
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Venice | Italy :: City On The Sea

Arriving in Venice, Italy  we were ready to explore the enchanting canals architecture and alleyways while slurping down spaghetti, espressos and gelato! A photographer’s paradise was discovered around each bend; each with more obscure...

Norwegian Cruise Lines :: Greek Isles Cruise Highlights

How much do we love a great cruise?! We sailed the blue seas over to Alaska in August 2009 and kept our eyes open for any other cruising opportunities as we traveled –...

Split | Croatia :: Exploring The Port

We had a day to settle into the cruise and explore the ship while at sea, got our SPA passes, ate the usual 5 meals a day and even randomly bumped into some college...

Amberg | Germany :: Bratwurst & Beers In Bavaria

Onto the second half of our adventure – Eurotrip time! We were excited about visiting Terry’s parents in Amberg, Germany for two weeks to start off our journey in a central location. We...

Dubai | UAE :: Land of a Thousand Lights

Although we have been to Dubai numerous times, we still enjoy the occasional lively ‘city’ feel and love to hang out with family and friends each time that we are there.  Manali’s brother, Kunal,...

Tawau | Malaysia :: Diving Sipadan Island Marine Park

Ever since we first went diving in Thailand, we now tend to gravitate towards places where the diving is known to be wonderful and diverse. We knew that Malaysia had some great reefs...
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Waitomo | New Zealand :: Glowing Worms and Naked Rabbits

Waitomo | New Zealand :: Angora Rabbit Shearing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We were so “touristed out” at this point and were abhorred to find out that the cave exploration cost an upwards of...

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