A Reset of the Soul in Temecula

From the moment I cross Butterfield Stage Road driving east on Rancho California Road in Temecula, California, life changes. Gone are the shopping centers and housing developments that litter the area, replaced by vineyards, wine chateaux, and citrus orchards. Gone is the fast pace of multiple lanes of traffic. And gone, too, are the cares…

Pittsburgh’s Uptown

Editor’s note: ever since I met Dr. Jonathan Cassie when we worked together in my prior life, I have been impressed with the way he perceives the world. As such, I have been - literally - begging him on at least a quarterly basis to write for us at The Royal Tour. He finally gave…

Dutch Carnaval

Editor’s note: I didn’t even know there was a Dutch Carnaval until I read this awesome story from Hedy, our resident Dutch writer here at The Royal Tour. Count me in to visit sometime! For more of Hedy’s writing, click here to visit her index page. We all have heard of the Brazilian Carnaval, and…

San Jose’s Little Portugal

Walking on the streets, little would indicate that I’m in one of the central areas of Portuguese culture on the west coast. Today, in 2021, this is a mainly Hispanic neighborhood, with most of the shops and sounds reflecting that. However, in the twentieth century, what is now called Little Portugal was home to one…

The Island Nation of Malta

Editor’s note: Malta is one of the few Western European countries I have yet to visit, having never had it make sense in an itinerary. After reading this story from Sam, I know I just HAVE to make it work one day soon. For more of Sam’s writing, click here to visit his index page.…

Welcome to Tehrangeles

Shockingly, the line at Saffron and Rose, the award-winning Persian ice cream shop, is short. While service is fast, the selection is vast, with flavors ranging from their signature orange blossom to white or pink rose to saffron and pistachio, and it can take a while to decide, even though a small cup gets two…

The Ultimate Guide to San Juan!

San Juan. Puerto Rico’s capital city and only major metropolitan area, with well over half of the population of the island. It is Caribbean, Latin, American, and more, all rolled into one amazing city. In this guide, we will explore what to see, where to go, what to eat, and how to experience this incredible…

A Day in Singapore

Editor’s note: I absolutely LOVE Singapore as a destination, and have called it my favorite city in the world on a number of occasions. So it is awesome for me to read a different perspective on the city-state from Sam in this article. For more about Singapore, click here for our Ultimate Guide. For more…