Happy Helena Travel Blogs

We have been fortunate to be able to do quite a bit of traveling, clearing our “bucket list.” We have traveled to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and Japan.

The next trip is to New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, with another planned in spring, 2024 to Central Europe. This doesn’t include visits to many places in Mexico, like Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Cancun, Akumal, Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Morelia, Oaxaca, Viadollid and, in January 2024, Isla Mujeres (an island off the coast of Cancun).

Join us on our upcoming adventures via this blog and the pictures I will be posting with it.

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About Me

Originally from Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. But, the majority of my life, I lived in Denver, Colorado.

My two children and their families are travelers (must be in the genes) and love to explore different places as “experiences” that they will always remember.

In 2004, I moved full-time to Ajijic (a-hee-heek) in central Mexico, just south of Guadalajara on Mexico’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Chapala. It is a small town with many ex-pats, mainly from the US and Canada. You are never at a loss to find activities to keep you occupied. Whether you enjoy theater, music, art, culture, helping charities and animals, it is difficult to be bored. And, the weather is almost perfect all the year-around (no heat of a/c needed).


The Pyramids and Sphinx

The pyramids originally were covered in a smooth surface, as in the closeup view of the middle pyramid. Now, the building blocks are exposed and when you compare them to the people, it is inconceivable how the blocks were brought to Giza, placed higher and higher until they reached their peak. There is an entrance …

Questions? Contact Me

You can post questions on this site, such as which tour companies we used, best parts of the trip, etc. I am always happy to help.

We are not cruisers and although we have traveled on our own for most of our lives, we enjoy knowing where, when, and what time we will be going each day. All we have to do is pack, shop, and enjoy. Some tour companies are better than others. And, we stick to small group trips, rather than a bus-load of tourists with a guide that needs an audio system or a flag to find where they are. Just a thought…